Brick or Weatherboard – Choosing the Right Cladding for Your New Home

Brick or weatherboard? Choosing the cladding for your new home needs more than deciding what looks best. It’s about the type of home you are building, the cost of the different types of cladding and the location of the house. Let us help you solve the battle of the cladding and choose the right type for you.

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With so many tradespeople belonging to different accreditation organisations, how do you know which one to use and what tradesmen accreditations are right for the job you want doing? Is an industry based accreditation offer the same as one from the government? We’re here to dive into the mysteries of what the most common tradespeople accreditation are. Let’s jump on in!

Tradesmen Accreditations

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Believe it or not, but this year the Year of the Kitchen. Okay, well maybe we’ve exaggerated that a bit, though many homeowners will consider kitchen design trends before renovating their kitchen at some point through the year. However, this year does see the start of many new exciting kitchen trends, as well as the continuation of a few favourites. Whether you are installing a complete new kitchen or partially renovating an existing one, we’ve got you covered with these new kitchen design trends.

Kitchen Design Trends (more…)

Posted In: Auckland, Builders, Christchurch, Fiordland, Franklin, Gisborne, Gore, Grey, Hamilton, Hastings, Hutt Valley, Interior Designers, Invercargill, Kaikoura, Kaipara, Kapiti Coast, Kawerau, Kitchen Designer, lighting, Mackenzie, North Shore, Opotiki, Otorohanga, Pacific Islands, Palmerston North, Queenstown, Rangitikei, Rodney, Rotorua, Ruapehu, Selwyn, South Taranaki, South Waikato, Tauranga

tree care servicesDo you ever find time to remove tree roots from your lawn, remove tree stumps or tend your yard? If you think hiring professional tree care services is an extra expense, then consider the time and effort you’ll otherwise need to spend tending your garden.  It not only costs you time and hard work pulling all those roots, but you might not have the right equipment to get the job done.

4 reasons for using professional tree care services

Here’s four great reasons why you should use professional tree care services: (more…)

Posted In: Arborists, Gardeners & Lawn Mowing, Hastings, Hauraki, Hutt Valley, Kaipara

Home renovation trends are always changing because new ideas are born every day! With the staggering success of The Block NZ and other successful home renovation programs on TV, kiwis are more in love with doing up their homes than ever. Here are five upcoming home renovation trends.

State of the art kitchen home renovation trends

home renovation trendsOver 61% of home renovators are planning on completing a kitchen revamp in the near future, more than bathrooms, bedrooms or living areas.

These kitchen revamps are expected to follow a new home renovation trend where rustic kitchens are out and state of the art is in. (more…)

Posted In: Auckland, Builders, Christchurch, Interior Designers, Kaipara, Kitchen Designer, lighting, Masterton, Nelson, Papakura, Rangitikei, Renovation Specialists, South Waikato, Wellington

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renovation ideasWith the promise of sun, we often start collecting house renovation ideas. A new bathroom, replacing wooden window frames or adding on another storey, there are so many options.  Now is the right time to start considering what renovation could be done at your house. We’ve put together a list of four essential renovation ideas to help make your home your castle.

4 home renovation ideas to do before summer

This summer, your home will be ready and so will you. Get stuck into these jobs now because summer is too good to spend renovating.

  1. Home Insulation – Did you know that early summer is the perfect time to get home insulation installed? Insulating your home at the start of summer helps you achieve a cooler home. Furthermore, it also reduces air-conditioning bills and often can be installed cheaper at off-peak times.
  2. Air Conditioning – If you already have air-con installed, get it serviced now. Or you could get a unit installed now because the peak season is coming and installers will be fully booked.
  3. Indoor-Outdoor Flow – With daylight savings, we’re all loving being outside after work. Fold back your freshly painted french doors and open your home onto the deck. You deserve to enjoy a BBQ outdoors with a fine NZ wine in your hand. This summer, it’s your chance to embrace the dream, enjoy your yard and modern el fresco living.
  4. Get a Swimming Pool – Turn your home into a resort with your very own swimming pool. It provides a sparkling backdrop whilst you enjoy your BBQ dinner. Then you can chill off with a dip or two.

This summer it’s time to start enjoying your home and lifestyle. List your job today here on Builderscrack and enjoy the tradies chasing you for a change. With plenty of renovation ideas up their sleeves, you’ll have the home of your dreams within a flash.

Posted In: Fiordland, Franklin, Kaikoura, Kaipara, Newsletters, Renovation Specialists, Swimming Pools

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after an earthquakeAfter an earthquake, there are some things you’ll need to check or get done straight away. First, inspect your foundations and essential services first. You must check they are are safe and secure and unaffected by the earthquake. Next, contact your insurance company and EQC. This is because they need to approve your claim before you hire a tradesperson, unless you need emergency repairs.

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Posted In: Carterton, Central Otago, EQC Help, Handymen, Invercargill, Kaikoura, Kaipara, Roofers

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eco-friendly green homeIf you’re looking to reap the financial and environmental benefits of living in an eco-friendly green home, then consider building from scratch. A new home lets you add energy-saving features at a significantly lower cost than if you renovated an older home.

Eco-friendly green home

An eco-friendly green home will be designed around solar heating. It will also involve orienting the house and as many windows as practical north.  The kitchen should be east-facing with the living areas west-facing. This will decrease the need for you to use appliances to heat or cool your home.

Builderscrack has professional tradespeople available to advise and provide you with eco-friendly green home solutions. Read more on what to consider when building your eco-friendly home. (more…)

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removalistsA removalist or moving company helps homeowners shift their personal property from one home to another. They’ll use vans or trucks or if moving internationally may use shipping containers.

The moving industry includes the services of truck and trailer equipment rental companies, alongside companies selling moving supplies such as boxes and bubble wrap for people who want to do the preparation work themselves. They then will use a removalist to load and unload their belongings.  Removalists may offer training or advice for homeowners who will be using their equipment to relocate themselves.

Removalists will firstly assess how much space will be required to move your items. They will then work out which items to pack together, and how to best utilize the space they are going to use.  They may use bubble wrap, specific item cartons, custom-made packing, paper blanket wrap and other packing items to ensure that your belongings aren’t damaged.

removalistsCareful wrapping and packing is needed to prevent damage to property, and many contents insurance policies won’t cover goods in transit unless they’re professionally packed and unpacked. When packing a van or container for a removal, removalists will need to make sure that polished surfaces are protected with moving blankets and/or cardboard where appropriate.

Fragile items should be packed in rigid boxes with screwed up newspaper being used to protect against scratches and chips in transit.  Softer materials can be packed in suitcases, boxes and bags.

Moving furniture can present many challenges, especially in older properties when trying to get items through doors and windows.  A good removalist will be creative with the dismantling and moving of items through entrances.

It is good practice to get quotes from multiple removalists in order to find the one most suited for your needs.

The services of Removalists may include:

  • Packing and unpack furniture
  • Moving
  • Vehicle transportation
  • Pet transportation
  • Unpacking

Posted In: Auckland, Kaikoura, Kaipara, Kapiti Coast, Removalists

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excavatorAn excavator is a tradesperson who specializes in the excavation and movement of dirt, digging and filling holes, creating holes and some landscaping.

Their work involves large-scale mechanical equipment, Backhoes, excavators and diggers are used to remove large quantities of dirt from the ground surface in a relatively short period. Upright tools, such as shovels and spades, pickaxes or mattocks, coal scoops and bucket augers are used in excavation to breakup soil and remove loose dirt fill and debris.

Earthworks are engineering projects involving soil and rock.  Earth is cheap and in plentiful supply but it can be hard to handle in large volumes. Certain properties of soils can pose problems, but these can be overcome when constructing earthworks. An earthworks professional will dig, scrape move soil to alter the landscape.  They can also compact and pact soil, bring out its clay like attributes.

During property construction, earthworks involves making retaining walls, foundations or other structures which are sometimes backed with rock.  Earthworks also includes making canals, altering rivers and roads.

Landscape Architects and Gardeners also make use of earthworks by shaping the earth to make gardens visually appealing or more practical to use.

The services of an excavator include:

  • Excavating
  • Digging holes
  • Filling holes
  • Demolition
  • Moving land & dirt
  • Retaining walls
  • Landscaping

Hire an earthworks & excavation specialist

Posted In: Auckland, Excavators, Grey, Hamilton, Kaipara, Kapiti Coast, Piling & Foundations

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